In short: earlier start would be better In full: thankfully there were plenty drinks on the route and thank God for the house that rigged up the hose-what a saver that was. at this time of year starting a marathon at 11-15 is risky and should be started 9-30 at the latest. the heat and conditions today were brutal and the amount of runners who pulled out having started was incredible. my respects to everyone who finished today regardless of their time and also thanks to the organisers for seeing everyone in. I would agree though, it would have been nice to be presented with your momento having crossed the finish line.
In short: poor event In full: this was a major dissapointment ! it served the purpose of kicking off the new year by doing an event but apart from that very little to say of a positive nature. not keen on paying parking fees when the two of us in the car had paid £40 between us to enter, nobody helping with parking either. no signs telling us where the start was and when we got to the start area nowhere to get a tea/coffee and the toilets were shut. the route was not great and to be fair I thought the marshalls did a very good job-well done. the finish was laughable and the medal was a big let done to be honest,especially as I think we all gone tha same one for 5k,10k or half. no drink/water at the finish, no goody bag etc. the fee paid was very high for what was provided and I suspect the organisers made a lot of money out of this event. for what purpose-I suspect to subsidise other events or ultra marathons where limited numbers turn up. organisers, if you read these comments please respond-it is clear the runners were let down and would like answers.
In short: not enough water stations In full: tough day with incredible wind !! obviously this is outside the organisers control but the water stations are not. I ran the full and from the 7 mile marker the next cup of water was just before the 13 mile marker, not good enough. again, poor finish area and no t-shirt or light refreshments as described in the race leaflet. overall a bit dissapointing event really and improvements need to be made. previous reviewer about marshalls holding windbreakers/golf trollies-are you serious ??
In short: bargain event In full: fantastic value for money, great marshalls on route and great medal/t-shirt-goody bag at the finish. with excellent facilities at the finish, difficult to find room for improvement. well done to everyone involved. well worth the trip from the black country. cheers !!
In short: in my view, this was not a marathon In full: well, what can I say. the scenery was fantastic,truly fantastic. however the second half of this event took me longer than my pb for a full marathon. the hills/contours combined with the terrain meant the majority of the time you could not run it which was not what I turned up for. in my view a marathon is an event which you plan to run and not walk. anyway, no doubt this suits some people but not me. the marshalls were good and the drinks stops were plentiful and well stocked so no problems there, well done. may I suggest if the organisers continue with this marathon they make runners do the first lap twice because that was reasonable, the second half was unreasonbale bordering on ridiculous and in places dangerous.
In short: well done to the organisers In full: ok, its not the most scenic run you will ever do BUT everything else about this race was in my view excellent. even more so when you consider it was the first staging. by comparison this race blew the edinburgh marathon shambles the week before out of the water. nice stadium finish, cracking medal and t-shirt and a goody bag including haribos !! (love in a bag, they are) a shower within 150 yards of the finish line and parking just up the road,fantastic. a great day out and defo one for next year. congratulations again to ALL the organisers and the volunteers.
In short: what scenery !! In full: travelled down from the midlands and well worth the trip. a cracking race thats very tough in places but just look at the views and the scenery. this race is well organised and definitely coming back-well done everyone involved. the changing rooms were not really adequate and personally i prefer a medal to a cotton t-shirt but hey, who cares !! Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: far better than my first time here 2 years ago In full: did this race 2 years ago and it was not a great event. having read what were on the whole quite negative reviews from last year I went here not expecting things to have improved greatly. to my pleasant surprise it was far better than my previous visit. a nice momento and an all important post race shower facility was good. well done to the people involved for making the improvements and although this is not the best race in the world it has potential and I look forward to returning next year. keep up the good work !!
In short: my toughest marathon yet !! In full: this was my 60th marathon and my 31st different one. in my view this was very very tough and although my time of 4-10 is in my bottom 3 I consider it a real achievement that I ran all the way round and did not walk at all. thank god the weather was kind to us I dread to think how this route would be in bad weather !! the race was very well marshalled and the pockets of support were very welcome. I have to say the people involved on the day were extremely friendly and welcoming. special thanks to the wonderful lady in the race hq who made me and my mate a cup of coffee pre-race on the house, very grateful we were. also, the cheese/onion pasty at the end was most welcome. this race was well worth our journey from the midlands and if you like tough races go for it-you wont be disappointed !! to close, thanks to all who made us feel so welcome. cheers
In short: poor finish area In full: a fantastic challenge and experience-one to test your physical and mental strength. in places a bit hazardous with cars getting far too near to the runners,dangerous. the views and landscapes were truly outstanding and will be back to try and see them on a clear day. in my view the finish area was poor and had to ask a fellow runner where to get my race momento from-why not hand them to the runners when they cross the finish line ? a mate of mine did not get one since he could not be bothered to queue for one-not good. also, the bus system is a waste of time. if you are running 26 mile walking one is not going to kill you is it. since there is no shelter at the start area you would still get wet either in the bus queue or standing around at the start or am I missing something here ? as a result those who walked it had to wait around for another 20 minutes in the rain absolutely hopeless. see you next year I hope.